Positive Steps Praised for its involvement in Getting Out For Good

We have been working in partnership with researchers from the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University to deliver Getting Out For Good, a mentoring project for young women, and in the phase one evaluation report we have been praised ‘for embracing the project and working tirelessly to make it a success’

Getting out for Good was funded by Comic Relief and is one of the UK partners in an international support programme called ‘ I Define Me’, along with projects in Colombia and South Africa. The aim of the project was to understand the issues affecting vulnerable young women and girls who are susceptible to negative peer-networks, anti-social behaviour, exploitation, community isolation and violence. We also wanted to understand the challenges they faced in their local communities and what could be done to improve their situations.

The girls were each allocated a mentor from Positive Steps, who’s job it was to boost aspirations, help the girls build positive social networks by minimising harm from negative peers, and build confidence and promote positive decision making away from risky situations and behaviours.

Over the three years, 65 girls were given the opportunity to attend activities alongside their mentors - including football, drama, film making and boxing - in an attempt to improve their physical and mental health. The girls were also given the opportunity to attend social events organised by partnership agencies such as: G04G taster sessions, tour of the BBC and speaking on BBC radio Manchester, attending theatre performances and treat nights out.

The overall aim was to help the participants to make positive changes in their lives, and the girls were also given the opportunity to obtain AQA qualifications in the activities they wished to partake in. This element of the programme was really well received as a lot of the girls who joined the project had struggled at school or did not attend at all.

Overall, we received really positive feedback from the girls, parents and professionals. Comic Relief staff came to a session to speak with the girls and filmed some of their success stories.

Because of the success of the project, Comic relief have awarded Positive Steps further funding for the next two years - so we can continue to make positive changes, as well as minimising negative behaviours in young women’s lives.

Such Sad News

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Mike Doran, the CEO of MADHLO Youth Zone has passed away after a three week battle with Covid-19.

Positive Steps Chief Exec, Steph Bolshaw said - "Since its inception, we have always worked closely with Madhlo for the benefit of the young people of Oldham, and Mike's commitment to excellence has been an inspiration. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time"


Positive Steps, who deliver the Careers Service, Youth Justice Service, Missing from Home Service and elements of Early Help provision in Oldham, has always prided itself on integrated working – ensuring that clients who access more than one of our offers get a joined up service – and that staff work together to get the best results for our service users.

During the current crisis, we have already adapted our ways of working to ensure that we are undertaking face to face contact with our clients only where this is absolutely essential, whilst still delivering our full range of support services. We have introduced video interviews, online resources, chat facilities and more – and we’ll shortly be adding to our new ways of working with more on-line resources for our clients to access.

To make the best use of our staff, we are asking people to work in an even more integrated manner – our support staff are working with Early Help colleagues and our admin staff will be undertaking intervention and welfare assessments for young carers and their families to make sure they are “checked in” with on a regular basis.

Additionally, we are signposting those young people and their families who are suffering anxiety in relation to their education, employment and training to our partner agencies.

We are also proud to be working alongside the Council, Oldham Foodbank and Action Together to coordinate the delivery of emergency food and other essential personal and household basic items to people in need.

All of this extra support is in addition to the normal ongoing delivery of our day to day commissioned services.


Positive Cycles (a part of Positive Steps) has teamed up with Transport For Greater Manchester to assist in an initiative to supply transport for NHS staff and key workers across Oldham, Rochdale, Manchester and Tameside.

The aim is to collect donations of bicycles from the general public, refurbish them and then distribute to NHS staff and key workers during this current crisis.

Martin Sutton of Positive Cycles said: “Normally we take old and unused bikes and our volunteers and young people clean and fix them. We donate the newly refurbished bikes to jobseekers and local families.

During this coronavirus outbreak we are donating bikes free of charge to the NHS to help frontline staff commute safely to their place of work.   We have already donated over 20 bikes to local hospitals. So, check out your sheds and garages for those unused bikes and help us keep the NHS moving”.

Have you got an unused adult bike in repairable condition to donate to Positive Cycles? on 0161 621 9250 and they will collect your old cycle.